Rand Paul reverses on threat to oppose Trump supreme court pick

Rand Paul reverses on threat to oppose Trump supreme court pick

Doug Jones of Alabama said he is keeping an "open mind" on President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and is not anxious about a flurry of advertising pressuring him to confirm or reject the nominee.

In a statement, Paul said he has "decided to support his nomination" after meeting with and reviewing Kavanaugh's record.

The Senate's top Democrat is appealing to former President George W. Bush in a fight over documents related to Supreme Court nominee and former Bush aide Brett Kavanaugh.

Paul's initial concerns over Kavanaugh involved the judge's record on privacy.

Paul, who met with Kavanaugh last week, said he hoped Kavanaugh 'will be more open to a Fourth Amendment that protects digital records and property'.

But Schumer said he was reaching out "to ask you to authorize that the complete record of Judge Kavanaugh's service in the White House be made public so that all Americans can be informed about this nomination and the Senate can fulfill its constitutional advice and consent obligations".

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Democrats and Republicans have sparred in particular this week over Kavanaugh's staff secretary records. Manchin is the first Democratic senator to meet with Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh has been serving as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since 2006 and previously served as staff secretary to Bush from 2003 to 2006.

Manchin, who is facing a push in West Virginia to support confirmation, did not come out with a position on confirmation after the meeting, instead describing it as "productive".

Now that Paul backed Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, there are few Republican senators who have yet to state if they will vote to confirm Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court.

Republicans have a slim majority in the Senate and need at least 50 Republican votes to confirm Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, unless Democrats such as Sen. Democrats say that time is relevant to Kavanaugh's views and philosophy as a judge.

Last week, Sen. McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan met with Pres. Trump to argue against a shutdown, saying it would side-track their agenda, which could be put at risk if Democrats were to take back the House in November. Donnelly and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota were the others. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) have vowed to take their time in evaluating Kavanaugh, and have both expressed concern that he might rule against Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 decision recognizing a woman's right to have an abortion.

While Republicans are united behind Brett Kavanaugh's seemingly inevitable confirmation, they're divided on the idea of a government shutdown.

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